Release Date: Jun 5, 2012
Record label: Candlelight Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
Review Summary: Against all odds, and despite a few setbacks, The Industrialist is something of a minor triumph for a group that has spent nearly a decade attempting to redefine itselfWith Digimortal serving as the only stain against the enduring legacy of Burton C. Bell and Dino Cazares, it’s a pretty fair notion to posit that Fear Factory as a sound and an idea belong chiefly to both singer and guitarist. Amidst the ever-changing lineups, the behind closed doors reformations and the side projects (Divine Heresy and Arkaea respectively), the band have never sounded quite as potent and relentless when they weren’t being driven by this particular duo.
Very few bands ever live up to their name quite like Fear Factory. Even with just two original members left in the band, Fear Factory continue to deliver album after album of metal honed with a cold, mechanical precision, creating a sound for themselves that isn't merely processed, but machined. Fittingly, their eighth album, The Industrialist, is a concept album that follows the story of a "free-thinking automaton" who, upon observing the discord and oppression in the world around it, turns against a mankind that has slowly destroyed a world it was created to make better.
For many, Fear Factory peaked with Digimortal in 2001. But that changed with 2010's Mechanize, when vocalist Burton C. Bell and original guitarist Dino Cazares reunited after an eight-year falling out. Having created some of their best material in ten years, Fear Factory follow-up their comeback album with The Industrialist, their eighth studio album and a natural progression from Mechanize.